Kung Fu Cowboy was about Richard
Del Connor, The
Hippy Coyote, who is also Buddha
The story of Coyote's Kung Fu development since 1980 was depicted with photos, stories and graphics. The ROUGH DRAFT of this book, KUNG FU COWBOY ORIGINAL DRAFT, was completed on February 4, 2009. This book then became the blueprint for this album.
With Coyote going in so many directions, at the same time, it was a lot of work to sort out a storyline of his life and create a songlist for this album. It took many shapes as Coyote laid out his life, then simplified it into several different storylines. The album song lists are included in the KUNG FU COWBOY ORIGINAL DRAFT book.
That following Summer of 2009, Coyote used the gymnasium of Crescenta Valley Park to record his drums. With his ProTools Mbox system and two microphones, Richard Del Connor produced a unique drum sound for the album. Rather than putting one microphone to the left and the other to the right, Richard invented another way to record drums.
Record producer Richard Connor placed packing blankets on the linoleum floor with a cardiod microphone 8' in front of the kick drum. The other microphone, a condensor microphone, was up about 10' where it could pick up the tom toms, snare, and high hat. It sounds really cool--and huge.
The remaining instruments were recorded in Coyote's crappy apartment when his neighbors were gone to work and the next door neighbor's air conditioner wasn't running. This was a difficult album to record, without sound isolation. Coyotes foam mattress was used to seal off the windows...
However, broke, with his guitar stolen, his van impounded, and his flute not being serviced in 8 years, Coyote gave up. In November of 2009, Coyote announced he was giving up on the album and posted rough mixes of almost the entire albums, PART 1 and PART 2. On the brink of homelessness, no gas heat, no internet... he wanted someone to see what he'd accomplished, even if it ended there.
Fans were helpful. They sent encouraging emails and bought more books and records...but in March 2010, Coyote resorted to a free apartment on Skid Row, in downtown Los Angeles. Unable to cope with this "bottom of the barrel," he decided to wait until the Marshals dragged him out of the Montrose apartment as he resumed work on the LEVEL 4 = KUNG FU COWBOY PART 1 album.
Something magical happened. His daughter loaned him her Yamaha flute. In 2009 Coyote was still playing and performing with his original $75 nickel Selmer-Bundy flute he purchased in 1977. Using his daughter's flute, Coyote cut the remaining flute solos on the PART 1 album and was able to start editing and mixing the album during May 2010. On June 9, 2010, Richard Del Connor, The Hippy Coyote, announced the album was completed as he uploaded the files to the internet web servers for online downloading and purchase.
During that magical month of May, Richard changed the storyline again. This time it was to transpose Coyote's autobiographical music album into a ROCK OPERA about Hiram Abif being murdered as he completed King Solomon's Temple, 3,000 years ago. This also enabled Richard to mix the album with the characters of this rock opera in mind. It worked.
Del Connor became a 3rd Degree Master Mason in February, 2009. This
also led to the discovery of his "Masonic Kung Fu" martial arts dance Form he
discovered that following summer on June 9, 2009. The Chinese Freemasons
have been informed of this discovery and have begun helping Coyote
uncover the origins of this Form which dates back to when the Japanese
were invading China and...this will be the story of the next album.
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By the way, LEVEL 4 is one level above the Original Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha, when he became enlightened under the Bodhi tree.
This is the fourth album by American Zen and marks their newest evolution up the Buddhist spiritual ladder to nirvana. LEVEL 4 = KUNG FU COWBOY as our Stetson wearing southern California cowboy combines Kung Fu into his world of Zen Buddhism and classic rock folk music.
Coyote fought for his freedom in LEVEL 1 = PEACE OF MIND.
Coyote established his family and religion in LEVEL 2 = CHRIST KILLER.
Coyote discovered that love conquers all in LEVEL 3 = I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME.
Coyote strengthens his world by combining his careers and spirituality into becoming the KUNG FU COWBOY.
The poetry, lyrics, and stories of their adventures can found at the American Zen website:
Podcasts also tell the stories of each level at:
Coyote's newest poetry and books and free samples can be found at:
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